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Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park is home to the Demon Deacon baseball team. The Deacons moved in to the 6,000-seat facility before the start of the 2009 season after playing the previous 28 seasons on campus at historic Gene Hooks Stadium.

Wake Forest Baseball Park Quick Facts
Year Opened 1956
Renovated 2010
Capacity 6,000
Formerly known as Ernie Shore Field, the park was home to Winston-Salem's Carolina League minor league team for more than 40 years. Wake Forest took control of the facility after the team, now known as the Winston-Salem Dash, moved in to a new downtown ballpark.

Located in the shadow of BB&T Field and adjacent to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Wake Forest Baseball Park has undergone extensive renovations since the Deacons moved in.

Most recently, a massive construction project was completed prior to the start of the 2011 campaign. The project included replacing the natural grass playing field with a synthetic surface. The Deacons now play on AstroTurf GameDay 3D52H Grass, which is composed of polyethylene fibers and a base of rubber granules and sand. The surface, which covers the entire field except for the pitching mound, gives the Deacons a top-notch playing field all year round, regardless of the weather.

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The recent construction project also included the installation of a manual scoreboard in left field. The scoreboard features a Marine-grade plywood front with Plexiglass openings for viewing the inning-by-inning and game scores. The scoreboard has LED lights for balls, strikes, outs and hit/error denotations, and it also has a climate-controlled interior. The manual scoreboard requires 191 individual signs to cover all possible variations of scores and team names.

The outfield wall was also lowered from its original height of 24 feet to eight feet. Instead of a traditional dirt warning track, the synthetic outfield surface rises gradually near the wall, allowing outfielders to know when they are approaching the wall.

Another addition to the facility was the construction of a climate-controlled indoor hitting facility, which was finished in early 2010. The facility, which Wake Forest players have access to 24 hours a day, can accommodate up to 10 hitters swinging at one time and also includes a natural clay mound for pitchers to throw off of. The facility also features two state-of-the-art home plate programmable pitching machines.

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Wake Forest players also have access to state-of-the-art technology with the RightView Pro video system with cameras set up on both the first and third base dugouts and behind home plate. The system allows hitters to view their swings and pitchers their pitching motions following each game.

Wake Forest players enjoy a spacious home clubhouse located down the right field line. The clubhouse features several couches and chairs for players to relax before and after games and practices, along with six high-definition televisions. The Demon Deacons also enjoy pre- and post-game meals in the clubhouse, which also houses coaches offices, a training room, equipment room, restrooms and shower facilities.

There is also a full-functioning visiting team clubhouse located down the left field line.

Future plans for the ballpark include the addition of a 100-foot wide LED video board in right field, an alumni lounge and the replacement of all the chairbacks in the seating bowl.

 

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